News and Events: March 2013

Discriminatory discipline: Feds and Mississippi school district reach agreement on changes

The Center for Public Integrity

A Mississippi school district under scrutiny for excessive punishment of black students has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to enact new disciplinary policies, train school police officers in "bias-free" policing and stop involving officers in minor campus behavioral disputes.

Following Newtown Shootings, Connecticut Advisory Panel Suggests Hardening Schools

Education Week

Improving the design of schools with an eye on safety is one of the main recommendations from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, put together by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.  In an interim report released today, the group of teachers, safety experts, state and city officials said its work is not done, but it wanted to publish something in time for the current session of the state legislature.

The Time is Now: Students Talk School and Community Safety with Secretary Duncan

U.S. Department of Education

The fight to end the school-to-jail track and reestablish restorative justice practices is personal for Jasmine Jauregui, a youth organizer from the Youth Justice Coalition. “I have a family with a history of incarceration. My father is serving a life sentence at the moment and I don’t feel comfortable around [school resource] officers.” 

Promoting Safe Communities: Juvenile Justice Recommendations from the Field

SparkAction

In February and March 2013, the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) – a coalition comprising more than 300 national, state and local organizations working together to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve community safety -- released Promoting Safe Communities, recommendations to the Obama administration and to Congress urging them to restore a more effective system of juvenile justice for youth by focusing on five priority areas.

Youth of Color Coalition Rallies at U.S. Capitol and White House to Reject Harmful School Safety Policies

Dignity in Schools

On Monday, March 4th, youth of color from across the country held a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol followed by a march to the White House to call on Congress and the Obama administration to reject school safety policies that criminalize students of color, immigrant youth, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities, and push them out of school.